The Australian production company behind The King’s Speech has released the first public look at its highly anticipated first TV series, Top of the Lake.
The TV series is directed by Jane Campion and Garth Davis. Campion is best known for the film The Piano while Davis’s advertising work includes the Toohey’s ad Nocturnal Migration and branded piece Burn for Coca Cola.
Top of The Lake – which airs on pay TV channel UKTV on March 24 – has been executive produced by See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning.
Produced by Philippa Campbell of Escapade Pictures, the series was shot around New Zealand’s Queenstown and stars David Wenham, Madmen’s Elisabeth Moss, War Horse’s Peter Mullan and Holly Hunter, reuniting with Campion after The Piano.
Deirdre Brennan, GM channels and branded services, BBC Worldwide Australasia, said: “We are proud to present this exciting piece of television to Australian audiences. Jane Campion and Gerard Lee have created something truly unique. At its’ heart, Top of the Lake is a gripping mystery centred on the disappearance of a 12 year-old girl. But the spectacular New Zealand setting, the richly imagined community and the women’s camp led by Holly Hunter’s enigmatic guru GJ, bring real depth, colour and distinction to this production.”
The series is co-produced by UKTV, BBC Two in the UK and Sundance Channel in the US. The series is the first long form production to screen at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.